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Cafe Opera

) #72 of 4,740 Restaurants in Sydney $$ - $$$ Seafood, , Fusion
117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 1396
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  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Seafood, Australian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the most appalling dining experience at Café Opera last night (Thu 15 June 2017) pre Vivid dinner with my family. I'm a Pescatarian (seafood eater) and have enjoyed Café Opera every time I had overseas visitors. Last night they only offered pan-fried (not...More

2  Thank Red S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family group of 13 (2 children under 5) celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary at Cafe Opera at the Intercontinental on a Saturday night. Due to our large group size I submitted an online booking and received a prompt reply and confirmed details within...More

2  Thank k l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went Cafe Opera with my fiance for her birthday yesterday (10/6 at around 5:30pm). I talked with manager named Vicky Ahn, Whether she can prepare a little birthday cake for my fiance, then manager was saying that you have to talk to with your...More

4  Thank mueh1379
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A Latte at the Intercontinental costs $7 So you would expect their buffet lunch to be a gastronomic indulgence, out stripping the best Michelin experiences possible. Unfortunately it was nothing more than average, nothing more than some decent seafood , dry roasts and a desert...More

1  Thank Parges
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our mother to Cafè Opera for a belated Mother's day dinner and can honestly say we were not disappointed at all! The buffet had an array of fresh seafood, meats, vegetarian options- and don't even get me started on the desserts! My family...More

3  Thank Skrish0501
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a buffet breakfast here, and wow i've never seen so many different types of food options just for breakfast. A gelato bar which was offered to. It's worth paying for when you wont be hungry till lunchtime.

1  Thank seanpayne5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed buffet breakfasts here on several days and found them first rate. There was an extensive range of foods available and it was all kept fresh and replenished as needed. Omelettes were made to order. We found the high ceilings and spaciousness of the...More

1  Thank Bartonbears
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Taken here by good local friends and this rooftop restaurant did not disappoint. We sat out on the terrace but were well protected from the sun by the overhead cover. The restaurant is on the top floor of the custom house with a commanding view...More

2  Thank James G
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Its incredibly busy, we went on a Sunday night we had to wait so long to get any food. Yes its a buffet but you need a staff member directing patrons. Unfortunate you have people with no manners and they can see a line but...More

Thank Q7972GVmariac
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We have been here 3 times now and while we liked the buffet, we felt that it needs a revamp. The seafood is excellent as are desserts, the hot food was a bit dry as was the sushi. Staff are helpful and friendly. Seating is...More

1  Thank TheDonsWife
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frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a
dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit
the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle,
reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens
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Does the lunch and dinner buffet offer substantial gluten free options?
26 June 2017|
Response from Q7972GVmariac | Reviewed this property |
Hi Not many gluten options
Red S
Wow I had very similar experience with the lady-it must be the same lady with the same attitude. All the other wait staff were lovely. I don't know whether they will post my review about my experience at Café Opera last night Thu 15 June 2017 She is just plain rude, She should not be in the service industry. Below is my review I just wrote-------------------------------------------------- I had the most appalling dining experience at Café Opera last night (Thu 15 June 2017) pre Vivid dinner with my family. I'm a Pescatarian (seafood eater) and have enjoyed Café Opera every time I had overseas visitors. Last night they only offered pan-fried (not a grilled whole fish type) barramundi and some calamari that were not refilled. So I waited then finally asked the young chef behind the roast station to see if it will ever come. The spot that had Calamari was replaced with plain Rotis telling me they ran out of squid! it was 6 30 pm and the place was half empty. I said how could you run out? This is called Seafood Buffet but you have only one hot fish dish other than cold seafood-the oysters were piled on top of all the shells randomly not so appetizing.., Finally when my children were having dessert already, a lady in suit came and argued in front of my whole family, " what are you talking about" when I asked her that they should offer more hot seafood dishes when they had more than a few red meat varieties and that the only other seafood dish- calamari dish disappeared. She was so rude and I was about to be rude back to her when my husband gave me a signal to leave. I have never left reviews in my life and this was so infuriating how she treated me that I decided to leave this episode as many websites as possible so that less people like myself get disappointed and pay for non sense service. She did offer to bring me a plate of calamari (when they already told me they ran out) just before we were leaving. Amazing service. I should have read all the recent negative reviews about Café Opera. I wonder if there was any way for the senior management to know about this type of incident..
16 June 2017|
Response from ElleSydney | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely write to the management. Good luck - and do post your review!
Hi does anyone know the dress code for buffet dinner at the Cafe Opera?
21 September 2016|
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Response from Andras B | Property representative |
Dear theantonma, The dress code is smart casual. Best regards, Andras Borocz Outlets Manager
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$23 - US$67
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
06:30 - 10:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9240 1396
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at InterContinental Sydney
Our highly skilled Chefs source the finest ingredients coming from local Sydney and Australian suppliers, to create what is undoubtedly the definitive buffet within Sydney.

Allow yourself the opportunity to experience elements stemming from the land and the sea. From freshly delivered seafood from the fishmonger at the world-renowned Sydney Fish Market to incredible meat sourced daily from the Southern Highlands, the lunch and dinner buffet within Cafe Opera is proud to connect you with the treasures of Australia.

The team at Cafe Opera creates an inspired, interactive buffet including seasonal seafood, live cooking stations showcasing the roast of the day, a host of mains, garden-fresh salads as well as, and most importantly, a theatrical dessert display.
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